Thursday, January 17, 2019

Annie recommends "Something in the Water"

A ‘what if we had’ situation many of us have dreamed of.  During their honeymoon in Bora Bora, Erin & Mark find an amazing treasure in the water.  As they grapple with the decision of what to do with it, their lives change in more ways they could imagine.  They force us all to decide, would we do what they did?   Another surprise – it’s the first novel of Catherine Steadman (Downton Abbey’s Mabel Lane Fox).  Recommended for adults.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Kathy recommends Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

This is the epic story of four generations of a Korean-Japanese family beginning at the turn of the 20th century. In the early 1910s Japan occupied Korea. Sunja, the sheltered and beloved daughter of Hoonie and YangJin, is seduced by a wealthy, married older man. Pregnant, Sunja and her parents leave Korea and settle in Japan. The story unfolds as the family suffers from legal and social discrimination which was pervasive against the Koreans in Japan . Tragedies and joys unfold over the next eighty years. The author does a beautiful job of portraying each of the remarkable family members and their struggle to survive and prosper in a land that views them as outsiders. Historically accurate, this is a timely topic and a global view into the plight of immigrants who are born in a land previous generations adopted as their own, but are never fully accepted.

Natalie recommends "An invitation to Celtic wisdom: a little guide to mystery, spirit, and compassion"

As someone who likes Irish history and lore, I found this to be a nice read.  It talks about concepts and gives some wisdom that can be used today, through saints and some other interesting Celtic figures.  It uses figures from "Celtic Christianity" (as it explains that Christianity in Ireland has some unique traits to it) and pieces from Celtic lore.  It does have a section Saint Patrick, since he is one of Ireland's most well known saints, but ​some other figures brought up in this book include, Brigid, Brendan the Navigator, Columcille, and some other lesser known saints.  This book includes a section on some Celtic wisdom, which include a few Gaelic terms, one which revolves around "spiritual" friendships.  This is a short read, only consisting of one hundred and eighty-eight pages, but is a good read.  It can be found in the Adult Nonfiction section.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Uma recommends " The Duchess : Camilla Parker Bowles and the love affair that rocked the crown"

"The Duchess : Camilla Parker Bowles and the love affair that rocked the crown" by Penny Junor is a complete biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.  Junor wonderfully narrates Camilla's personality, hobbies and determinations. She delves deep into the role Camilla ultimately played in the split of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, while revealing many hidden truths about Camilla and Charles' love affair. This gripping biography is a great read for anyone who is fascinated by the British Royal Family.​ Recommended for adults.